Sunday, April 29, 2012

Carrot Cake (ish) Muffins

In an effort to eat healthier, and get my boys to eat more vegetables and fruits, I came up with this recipe.

(Adapted from Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook 14th Edition)

1 3/4 C. whole wheat flour (Sub. 3/4 c. oatmeal and reduce flour to 1 1/3 c. if desired)
1/3 c. sugar
2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
3/4 c. milk
2 jars baby food carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
seasonings to taste (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, etc.)

Add dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Add wet ingredients in a separate bowl.  Mix those well.  Combine in the dry bowl and mix until equally combined.

Pour into prepared muffin pan.  I used spray and not liners.  Fill about 3/4 full.  Bake approx. 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack.  Pour a cup of coffee.  Sit down.  Grab the paper.  Enjoy and relax!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I have a tendency to balk at offers for my photography skills.  So far this year three people have asked me to shoot an event for them and I have always said, no no no.  Well.  I need to do something with this.  An old high school friend has asked me to shoot her family in preparation for their adoption portfolio.  It is back in Northern Wisconsin.  I've weighed this opportunity and the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.  If I am going to be a photographer...then I need to do more than shoot my kids and pretty flowers in my garden.  I'm planning to go back home over Memorial weekend.  I hope to set up some 'mini sessions' with other friends and their families and my own family too.  Needless to say I'm excited!  More information on the mini sessions coming either here or on Kiss the Earth Facebook (

I get to see an old friend and help her and her family hopefully add to their brood
I get to see my parents and my brothers
I get to do what I love and start the professional journey
A vacation!

Have a great day.

Monday, April 16, 2012


1.  What is your favorite color?
2. What is your favorite toy?
A firetruck
3. What is your favorite tv show?
Spongebob Squarepants
4. What is your favorite thing for lunch?
A cheese sandwich
5. What is your favorite thing to wear?
A long sleeve shirt
6. What is your favorite fruit?
7. What is your favorite game?
Color blocks (magna tiles)
8. What is your favorite snack?
A fruitsnack
9. What is your favorite animal?
10. What is your favorite song?
Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch

11. What is your favorite book?
How to Train your Dragon
 12. Who is your best friend?
13. What is your favorite cereal?
New Froot Loops Super Loopers
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Play with the coupe
15. What is your favorite thing to drink?
Grape juice
16. What is your favorite holiday?
17. What is your favorite thing to do at bedtime?
Play Candyland
 18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Eat at Coney Island: french toast and hashbrowns with cheese
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?
Pineapple Pizza from JD's
20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?
A rockstar

 Happy 4th birthday my love.  I love you more than you will ever know.  Never ever stop being you.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

One, Two, Three, Four

My Simon, my sweet first son.  Sensitive soul.  Fast learner.  Wonderful hugger and beautiful artist.  I cannot believe you will be four in a few short days.  Where did the time go?  It seems like a day ago you were brand new, staring at me with those big blue eyes, knowing I was your rock and you were my all.  You are growing and changing every day into a beautiful boy, into someone I am so proud to say is my son.  I love you Simon!